July 23, 2015 

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12 New Hampshirites to attend   

Alberta Vayens 
Hayden Meattey 
Nearly 7,000 athletes from 170 nations will compete in twenty five Olympic-type sports at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Half Marathon, Open Water Swim, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball. More than 500,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are also expected to attend.

New Hampshire will be represented a delegation of twelve: 
  • Alberta Vayens from Antrim will compete in athletics with Special Olympics USA, competing in the 400M walk and 800M walk. 
  • Hayden Meattey from Durbarton will compete in athletics with Special Olympics USA, competing in the 100M run, 4x100M run and long jump.
  • Laura Davies and Cassie Contigani will attend the GenUin Summit with chaperone Tobey Davies.
  • Chief Bob Cormier of the Tilton Police Department is participating in the Final Leg.
  • SONH athlete Jeremy Colter and mentorDon Marcotte will officiate basketball competition.
  • Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger Pam Langille accompanied by her summer mentor Marcia Gardner will speak during the Games.
  • Gary Mayo and Rob Mayo will attend as members of the Insurance & Risk Management Committee.
TUNE IN...ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games 
Watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games LIVE this Saturday, July 25 at 9pm on ESPN and then see coverage every day during the World Games. Be sure to look for the athletes from New Hampshire during the Opening Ceremony parade of athletes!

Broadcast Schedule:
Thursday, July 23  Countdown to the World Games with Robin Roberts    9 PM   ESPN
Saturday, July 25  Countdown to the World Games with Robin Roberts    2:30 PM  ABC 
  30 for 30 Short, "Brave in the Attempt,"  7:30 PM  ESPN 
  Countdown to the World Games with Robin Roberts    8 PM  ESPN 
  LIVE: Opening Ceremonies   9 PM   ESPN
Sunday, July 26  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM   ESPN2
Monday, July 27  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM   ESPN
Tuesday, July 28  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM  ESPN
Wednesday, July 29  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM  ESPN
Thursday, July 30  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM  ESPN
Friday, July 31  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM  ESPN
Saturday, August 1  Daily LA2015 Show  4 PM  ABC
  Daily LA2015 Show  7 PM  ESPN
Friday, August 7  Best of
LA2015 Show (includes Closing Ceremonies) 
Saturday, August 8  ABC Sports Saturday: Best of LA2015 Show  4 PM  ABC
Note: All shows will re-air on ESPN2 later the same night.


And be sure to visit ESPNs webpage dedicated to all things World Games for news, videos, and more!


Learn more about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at www.la2015.org  



Nearly 200 athletes and Unified Partners from across the state participated in golf assessments over the last two weeks.   The 124 golfers that participated in the Southern Area Golf Assessment on Tuesday, July 14 at Amerherst Country Club and Ponemah Country Club experienced some weather extremes, seeing both clear, sunny skies and pouring rain.  The 43 golfers that participated in the Northern Area Golf Assessment at the Bethlehem Country Club, however, were treated to clear, blue skies all day.   


Despite the weather, both events offered a fun day of golf, allowed our athletes to get a feel for competition and provided qualifying score to be used for the State Golf Tournament which will take place on Tuesday, August 4th at Nippo Lake Golf Club in Barrington.


The summer season also means softball for the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Programs are training in preparation for the State Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 8th at Wheelock Park in Keene.  


Reminders for Local Programs:

  • Registration in Agon will close on Monday, July 27th for the State Golf Tournament.  Please be sure to log in and enter events, teams and meals for all athletes and partners before midnight on the 27th.
  • The scratch period in Agon will close on July 22nd for the State Softball Tournament.



Over $25,363 was raised for Special Olympics New Hampshire this summer through a special campaign presented by TD Bank!  Thank you to all of the TD Bank branches who invited our athletes to visit during the promotion, allowing us the opportunity to spend some time talking with customers and educating employees about Special Olympics New Hampshire! We value your ongoing support of our organization and look forward to next year's campaign!


A very special thank you to Kelley Gelinas from TD Bank who spearheaded the campaign in NH! 


To learn more visit www.tdbank.com/specialolympics 



Special Olympics Social Impact Summit  


The goal of the GenUin: Special Olympics Social Impact Summit is to empower youth leaders to generate acts of inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities.  120 youth leaders, age 16 to 25, from 30 countries will attending the Summit...including New Hampshire's own Laura Davies & Cassi Contigiani!  


Check out Laura & Cassie's Video
Check out Laura & Cassie's Video

Each youth leader has been selected through a competitive application process to identify a challenge, propose a solution, and ultimately implement an impact project to generate acts of inclusion in their community. Each application was reviewed, scored, and commented upon by a review committee consisting of Special Olympics staff, volunteers, and supporters.  


Laura and Cassie's plan is to develop a Youth Activation Committee made up of students with and without disabilities to promote inclusive opportunities and school wide engagement. Activities will include organizing the annual Jamboree, working with school based clubs and organizations to increase participation among students with disabilities, and creating a step by step online Jamboree toolkit for use by other schools and communities to promote inclusive sports and social participation.  



Circle K Cling Sales are Going Strong! 


We are in our 16th year of partnership with Circle K and Irving for the Special Olympics Promotion, and we are so grateful for their continued support of our organization over the years! The promotion began in 1999 with five New Hampshire stores raising $5,069. Fast forward to 2014 where six New England states raised a staggering $458,218! The Special Olympics Promotion is a great fundraiser.  Our goal this year is to raise a collective $500,000 between the participating states. Circle K stores began selling Special Olympics window clings on July 1st and have raised over $64,000 in just two weeks' time! Cling sales will end on Tuesday, August 4th, so make sure to stop by your local Circle K and support SONH athletes by purchasing a cling! To find a Circle K location near you, please click here. Select Irving dealers will also be selling clings from September 8th through October 6th. To locate an Irving dealer near you, please click here. 


Remember to mark your calendars for To Serve and Protect Day on Saturday, September 12th from 10AM-2PM! Athletes, Local Program Volunteers and Law Enforcement will pump gas, wash windows and interact with the public to raise funds and spread awareness about our mission.


We hope you will join us at Circle K and Irving locations on September 12th to help show the public what we are about and all that we have to celebrate! For more information about the Special Olympics Promotion, please contact Courtney Brooks, Special Events Manager, at CourtneyB@sonh.org or 624-1250 x33.


Stay tuned for the next edition of the Torch where we'll take a closer look at Iriving's involvement in the promotion. 



State Golf Tournament 

We are looking for volunteers to help us at our State Golf Tournament on Tuesday, August 4th in Barrington at the Nippo Lake Golf Club.  Volunteers are needed from 7:30 am to 3 pm to help with check-in, various tasks during the tournament and with organizing awards at the end of the Tournament.


Interested volunteers should contact Chi Li at ChiL@sonh.org or (603) 624-1250 x44.  



Review the Concussion & Safety Recognition Policy

It is our intent to take steps to help ensure the health and safety of all Special Olympics participants. With that in mind, please remember that safety comes first and that you should take reasonable steps to help minimize the risks for concussion or other serious brain injuries.  


Effective January 1, 2015, a participant who is suspected of sustaining a concussion in a practice, game or competition shall be removed from practice, play or competition at that time. If a qualified medical professional is available on-site to render an evaluation, that person shall have final authority as to whether or not a concussion is suspected. If applicable, the participant's parent or guardian should be made aware that the participant is suspected of sustaining a concussion.  


Additionally, all Coaches are required to complete one of the concussion awareness training courses outlined in the Concussion & Safety Recognition Policy.  


To view the entire Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition Policy, please see page 74 of the  LPCM. 

The ABLE Act and What it Means to You 
By: Paul Goyette, CFP

As we discussed last time, The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. ABLE accounts are tax advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. Income earned by the accounts will not be taxable. Contributions to the account, made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends), would not be tax deductible. An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community-based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation.

Eligible individuals and families will be allowed to establish ABLE savings accounts that will not affect eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other public benefits. Eligibility is limited to individuals with significant disabilities with an age of onset of disability before turning 26 years of age. If one meets this criteria and are also receiving benefits already under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you are automatically eligible to establish an ABLE account. If you are not a recipient of SSI and/or
SSDI, but still meet the age of onset disability requirement, you would still be eligible to open an ABLE account if you meet SSI criteria regarding significant functional limitations. Addition ally,  you could be over the age of 26,but must have the documentation of disability that indicates a ge of onset before the age of 26. 



Sat, July 25 - Sun, August 2
World Summer Games
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, August 4
State Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 8
State Softball Tournament
Saturday, August 15
Coaches Training
Saturday, August 15
ALPs Training

Sunday, August 23
Farmington, CT
Monday, August 24
Foundation Golf Tournament
Saturday, September 26
Sunday, September 27
Upper Valley Area Fall Games
Claremont & Hanover
Saturday, October 17
State Soccer Tournament
Saturday, November 7
Saturday, November 14



Special Olympics New Hampshire is grateful for the annual support of our Mission Partners who help bring our programs to life.